New Mexico Delegation Joins In Virtual Celebration Of Great American Outdoors Act Being Signed Into Law

first_imgNew Mexico Delegation News:ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small joined the conservation community in New Mexico for a virtual celebration of the Great American Outdoors Act being signed into law.VIDEO: N.M. Delegation Celebrates Great American Outdoors Act Becoming Law [DOWNLOAD LINK HERE]The delegation participated in a panel discussion moderated by New Mexico Wild Executive Director Mark Allison and highlighted the incredible efforts and contributions of members from New Mexico Wild, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership for Responsible Business, The Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservancy, New Mexico Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Audubon New Mexico, Friends of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, the Trust for Public Land, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition, the Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project, Conservation Voters of New Mexico, Trout Unlimited, and Defenders of Wildlife.The Great American Outdoors Act is bipartisan, bicameral legislation cosponsored by the entire New Mexico delegation that fully and permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and makes record investments in the infrastructure that improves public lands access and visitor experience and will grow New Mexico’s outdoor recreation economy.“The Great American Outdoors Act is a momentous conservation victory for New Mexico and for the entire nation,” Udall said. “But it was only possible because of overwhelming public support for conservation, and years of dedication from a tireless coalition of conservation champions, sportsmen, community leaders, Native leaders, and their allies in Congress. The full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund will finally allow us to realize the promise of our nation’s most successful conservation program – the promise envisioned by my father Stewart, when he helped create the LWCF decades ago. Meanwhile, the substantial down-payment this bill makes to repair and clean up our national parks and public lands will help safeguard these precious places for decades to come, while providing a boost for New Mexico’s outdoor economy at a time of need. This law is a model for how conservation and economic recovery can go hand in hand. And it can help us achieve the urgent national goal of protecting 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030. Let’s build on this success so that we can face down the crises threatening our planet and chart a better future for our children.”“Amid the significant challenges we face as a nation, I am proud to recognize all of the New Mexicans who worked for years to make this enormous, bipartisan victory for the places we all love possible. This historic new law will make the greatest investment in our lifetime in America’s public lands and outdoor spaces,” said Heinrich, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “The Great American Outdoors Act will create new opportunities for Americans all across the country to get outside. I am so grateful to the broad coalition of sportsmen, conservationists, veterans, outdoor industry business owners, and many others in New Mexico and across the country who value our public lands and want to protect them for future generations to enjoy.”“New Mexicans know that our breathtaking landscapes and natural resources are a blessing. That’s why we saw broad support for the Great American Outdoors Act in our state,” Luján said. “From conservationists and sportsmen to local mayors, county commissioners, and business owners, New Mexicans were key to getting this legislation across the finish line. I am grateful for their unwavering commitment to this effort, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to protect New Mexico’s natural treasures.”“We have an obligation to future generations to protect our earth. As leaders, when we have the opportunity to move a bill like the Great American Outdoors Act forward, we jump at that chance. Today’s Great American Outdoors Act celebration is a testament to ensuring these places and future outdoor spaces are supported for families well into the future. Plus, we will now be able to create jobs by aggressively addressing deferred maintenance, improve visitor services, and support tribal communities in places like Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Parks, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and El Malpais National Monument. Our delegation has been a dream team to get this done for New Mexico,” said Haaland, Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee.“The Great American Outdoors Act is an incredible achievement, one we could only have accomplished through working together. This legislation is the result of decades of hard work, with New Mexicans from across the state fighting hard to push this bill over the finish line,” Torres Small said. “I am honored to have worked with Republicans, Democrats and President Trump on this years-long effort to get the Great American Outdoors Act signed into law. As we continue to deal with impacts of COVID-19, permanent and full funding of LWCF will help put New Mexico on the path to economic recovery and protect our public lands and shared heritage for generations to come.”last_img read more

Gulf Cryo closing on new production site

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CIMC Raffles Completes Deck Mating Procedure

first_imgCOSLPROSPECTOR, the fourth deep water semi-submersible drilling rig constructed by Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Limited (CIMC Raffles) on behalf of COSL Drilling Europe AS, accomplished the mating milestone today.Semi-submersible drilling rigs are generally fabricated in a shipyard drydock by stacking unit blocks sequentially from the lower to upper level. The problem with this method is that the extended use of a drydock can cause schedule and cost problems. To overcome the disadvantages of a sequential block stacking method, and meet tight delivery schedules, CIMC Raffles decided to use the so called “onshore deck mating method” and applied it to the fabrication of the COSLPROSPECTOR.COSLPROSPECTOR is a DP3 vessel with an operating depth of 1,500 metres, drilling depth of 7,600 metres and is designed to operate in temperatures of -20°C. Classed by DNV and with basic design provided by the Grenland Group, the COSLPROSPECTOR meets the requirements of the PSA and NORSOK.Delivery of COSLPROSPECTOR is scheduled for the third quarter of 2014.[mappress]Press Release, September 27, 2013last_img read more

CPS to recruit new lawyers to improve ‘poor’ performance

first_imgThe new head of London’s Crown Prosecution Service has announced it will recruit 42 new lawyers in a bid to improve service following a review that found performance in over a third of the capital’s boroughs was ‘poor’. The report of Her Majesty’s CPS Inspectorate on the performance of 20 of the 32 London boroughs assessed the performance of 12 as ‘poor’, seven as ‘fair’ and one as ‘good’. Overall, the review found the main failings were in Crown court casework, disclosure, magistrates’ court casework, service to victims and witnesses, and the handling of serious violent and sexual offences, which were all rated as ‘poor’ across the boroughs. However, the inspectors said the Complex Casework Unit, which handles murders and other serious and sensitive cases, performs well, and the management of custody time limits across the boroughs has improved. London chief Crown prosecutor Alison Saunders said the service is recruiting 42 more lawyers and increasing the number of paralegal assistants in Crown courts.last_img read more

Aspiring judges to get support

first_imgThe Law Society and Judicial Appointments Commission [JAC] will today launch a joint plan to support solicitors who want to become judges, after an analysis of the appointment of solicitors as judges over the past 10 years. A study by the JAC and Ministry of Justice showed little difference in the proportion of solicitor applicants for most judicial posts pre- and post-2006/07, when the JAC took over the selection process from the then Department for Constitutional Affairs. It suggested solicitors are performing better than before in selection exercises for entry- and middle-ranking posts under the JAC, while appointments to more senior positions have fallen. The joint plan will see a series of outreach events tailored to the 2011/12 selection programme, with feedback on the process from solicitors and a revision of the JAC application form to benefit solicitors. The Law Society will also run workshops to support aspiring solicitor judges. Law Society president Linda Lee said the JAC process was more objective than the previous system, but more work is still needed because Society research shows many solicitors are still deterred from applying for judicial appointments.last_img read more

Business in well-regulated markets trumps politics. That’s a good thing

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US missiles blast Syria base where chem planes took off

first_img PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles Thursday night in fiery retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. President Donald Trump cast the U.S. assault as vital to deter future use of poison gas and called on other nations to join in seeking “to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.”It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president just over two months ago. Announcing the assault from his Florida resort, Trump said there was no doubt Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for the chemical attack, which he said employed banned gases and killed dozens.“Assad choked out the lives of innocent men, women and children,” Trumped declared.The U.S. strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where U.S. officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off. The U.S. missiles hit at 8:45 p.m. in Washington, 3:45 a.m. Friday morning in Syria. The missiles targeted the base’s airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas, officials said.Syrian state TV reported a U.S. missile attack on a number of military targets and called the attack an “aggression.”The surprise U.S. assault marked a striking reversal for Trump, who warned as a candidate against the U.S. getting pulled into the Syrian civil war, now in its seventh year. But the president earlier in the week appeared moved by the photos of children killed in the chemical attack, calling it a “disgrace to humanity” that crossed “a lot of lines.”About 60 U.S. Tomahawk missiles, fired from warships in the Mediterranean Sea, targeted an air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack that American officials believe Syrian government aircraft launched with a nerve agent, possibly sarin.The president did not announce the attacks in advance, though he and other national security officials ratcheted up their warnings to the Syrian government throughout the day Thursday.“I think what happened in Syria is one of the truly egregious crimes and shouldn’t have happened and it shouldn’t be allowed to happen,” Trump told reporters traveling on Air Force One to Florida, where he was holding a two-day summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.The strike came as Trump was hosting Xi in meetings focused in part on another pressing U.S. security dilemma: North Korea’s nuclear program. Trump’s actions in Syria could signal to China that the new president isn’t afraid of unilateral military steps. even if key nations like China are standing in the way.Trump has advocated greater counterterrorism cooperation with Russia, Assad’s most powerful military backer. Just last week, the Trump administration signaled the U.S. was no longer interested in trying to push Assad from power over his direction of a conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people and led to the worst refugee crisis since World War II.U.S. military officials sought to portray the strikes as an appropriate, measured response. But the assault still risks plunging America into the middle of Syria’s conflict, complicating the safety of the hundreds of U.S. forces fighting a separate campaign against the Islamic State group in the north of the country. If Assad’s military persists in further gas attacks, the Trump administration might logically pursue increased retaliation.Russia and Iran, Assad’s allies, pose other problems. Russian military personnel and aircraft are embedded with Syria’s, and Iranian troops and paramilitary forces are also on the ground helping Assad fight the array of opposition groups hoping to topple him.Before the strikes, U.S. military officials said they informed their Russian counterparts of the impending attack. The goal was to avoid any accident involving Russian forces.Nevertheless, Russia’s Deputy U.N. ambassador Vladimir Safronkov warned that any negative consequences from the strikes would be on the “shoulders of those who initiated such a doubtful and tragic enterprise.”The U.S. also notified its partner countries in the region prior to launching the strikes.Trump’s decision to attack Syria came three-and-a-half years after President Barack Obama threatened Assad with military action after an earlier chemical weapons attack killed hundreds outside of Damascus. Obama had declared the use of such weapons a “red line.” At the time, several American ships in the Mediterranean were poised to launch missiles, only for Obama to abruptly pull back after key U.S. ally Britain and the U.S. Congress balked at his plan.He opted instead for a Russian-backed plan that was supposed to remove and eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.Thursday night’s strikes were launched from the USS Ross and USS Porter and landed in the early morning Friday in Syria.The world learned of the chemical attack earlier in the week in footage that showed people dying in the streets and bodies of children stacked in piles. The international outcry fueled an emotional response from Trump, who appeared to abandon his much-touted “America First” vision for a stance of humanitarian intervention, akin to that of previous American leaders. “I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity,” he said Thursday.Trump seemed to rapidly reconsider his feelings about Assad, saying: “He’s there and I guess he’s running things, so something should happen.”The show of force in Syria raises legal questions. It’s unclear what authority Trump is relying on to attack another government. When Obama intervened in Libya in 2011, he used a U.N. Security Council mandate and NATO’s overall leadership of the mission to argue that he had legal authority — arguments that many Republicans opposed. Trump can’t rely on either justification here.Unclear also is whether Trump is adopting any broader effort to combat Assad. Under Obama, the United States largely pulled back from its support for so-called “moderate” rebels when Russia’s military intervention in September 2015 led them to suffer a series of battlefield defeats. Instead, Obama sought to work with Russia on a negotiated transition.Trump and his top aides had acknowledged in recent days the “reality” of Assad being in power, saying his ouster was no longer a priority. But the chemical weapons attack seemed to spur a rethink. In Florida on Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said of Assad: “There’s no role for him to govern the Syrian people.” Related Articles:Turkey: Syria autopsies show chemical weapons used in attackSyria chemical attack death toll now at 72; new strikes hitSuspected Syria gas attack kills dozens, including children US missiles blast Syria base where chem planes took off Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Published: April 6, 2017 9:20 PM EDT Updated: April 7, 2017 6:45 AM EDT last_img read more

UPDATE: Shooting in Bath Estate

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews UPDATE: Shooting in Bath Estate by: – September 25, 2014 Share 352 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share One man has been transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital following a shooting incident in Bath Estate.The incident occurred sometime after 9:30AM.A preliminary police report indicates that Joel Hector from Canefield was shot in his upper arm. The report further indicates that he was shot by two masked men.No one has been arrested in connection with the incident. Police are investigating the incident.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

MPBL: Jeruta’s game winner stuns Zamboanga

first_img Down 51-43 in the third quarter, the Royals started finding their range in the fourth frame with an inside hit from Escoto and beyond-the-arc baskets by Tamsi and Ryan Arambulo to give Iloilo a 53-52 advantage. Jeruta, a native from Jaro, finished the match with five points, seven rebounds and four assists to halt the Royals’ two-game losing skid and improve to a 16-10 win-loss record. Aaron Jeruta scores the game-winning basket for Iloilo United Royals against Zamboanga Family Sardines at the University of San Agustin Gymnasium last Jan. 18. MPBL PHOTO Santillan finished the match with 15points, while Alvin Pasaol chipped in 14 marks, eight rebounds and five assist,but he also gave up eight turnovers as Zamboanga dropped to 16-11. ­ILOILO City – Aaron Jeruta scored a game winner to help the Iloilo United Royals upset Zamboanga Family Sardines, 60-58, in the the 2019-2020 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup on Jan. 18 at the University of San Agustin Gymnasium. Following a basket by Zamboanga’s Leonard Santillan to tie the score at 58-all, Jeruta drained a toughly-contested layup with 12 seconds left to surge Iloilo with a two-point lead and notch their first-ever home victory. In the first game, Datu Cup championsSan Juan-Go for Gold Knights asserted its dominance against Davao OccidentalTigers-Cocolife, 84-65. Orlan Wamar was the Knights’ scoring leader with 15points./PN The both teams struggled offensively thereafter, until the Royals took another lead at 58-56 via a free throw and a basket scoring from Publico, but Santillan gave Zamboanga’s last response that tied the game with 45 seconds left. Al Francis Tamsi top-scored with 17 points, Rey Publico chipped in 14 markers and nine boards, while Richard Escoto contributed 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals for Iloilo.last_img read more

Island endorses $1.5 billion steel plant

first_img RelatedFERC hears public, residents protest at scoping meetingBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press Tuesday was a highly anticipated day for both proponents and opponents of several proposed Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) companies that are seeking to build export facilities along the Brownsville Ship Channel of the Port of Brownsville. Currently, three companies: Texas LNG, Annova LNG…August 17, 2015In “News”New detox center to open on IslandBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS During their last regular meeting, the South Padre Island City Council held a public hearing regarding the approval of a new Specific Use Permit for a substance abuse treatment facility proposed on the Island. Based on consideration of current city ordinances and compliance…July 29, 2016In “News”Laguna Madre towns oppose LNGBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press Citing overwhelming input from residents expressing concern, the Laguna Vista Town Council and the South Padre Island City Council voted unanimously to adopt resolutions opposing the construction of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals along the Brownsville Ship Channel. With the end of…September 4, 2015In “News” By KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSThe South Padre Island City Council considered a resolution endorsing a proposed steel manufacturing facility at the Port of Brownsville, decided on a budget amendment to fund a summer tourism marketing campaign, as well as reviewed an analysis of the Island’s parking issues during its Wednesday, May 17 meeting.Resolution No. 2017-17 supporting Project America, a proposed steel manufacturing plant at the Port, was an important topic of discussion by Council. Allen Simon, spokesperson for the project, stated in his presentation that, “the Port of Brownsville was selected by Big River Steel  as a finalist for a $1.5 billion steel manufacturing project known as Project America.”He emphasized that the firm’s current steel facility in Arkansas is the world’s first to be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). According to his report, LEED certification involves third party verification to ensure the project promotes sustainability and recycling, reduced energy and water usage, improved air quality, and enhanced environmental stewardship.“This is a whole different approach — very clean — designed not have a major impact on the area,” he explained.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more